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A versatile guitar with resonant tonewoods and state-of-the-art electronics.
The versatile dynamics and characteristically strong midrange of the classic orchestra-style model meet elegant styling, smooth playability and state-of-the-art onboard electronics in the new Takamine Pro Series P3MC cutaway acoustic/electric. The solid cedar top features hand-scalloped X bracing and ivory binding, with dark purfling and a gorgeous concentric-ring rosette with wood marquetry. An elegant Venetian cutaway offers optimum access to the upper registers. The unique Takamine split-saddle bone bridge provides faultless intonation and excellent acoustic coupling to the top.
Other premium features include a solid sapele back, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with wood “dot-in-dot” inlays, gold tuners with amber buttons, natural satin finish and the highly acclaimed CT4B II preamp system with three-band EQ, volume control and built-in tuner.
CT4B II Preamp Features
The CT4B II preamp is designed for ease of use and purity of tone. The CT4B II consists of 3 bands of graphic EQ tone control, a volume control slider and a built-in chromatic tuner.
The 3 band EQ provides control over the bass (LOW), midrange (MID) and treble (HIGH) frequency response. With the sliders set at the midpoint (0) the electric signal from the guitar is evenly balanced across the frequency range. The desired tone is then dialed in by using the sliders to add or subtract frequency response as desired. Each frequency control slider will raise or lower the band response by +/-5db.
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Comments about Takamine Pro Series 3 Orchestra Model Cutaway Acoustic Electric Guitar:
I got this guitar a week ago and could not be more satisfied with it. For reference I am a hybrid fingerpicker strummer who doesn't use a pick; I mostly play folk, classic rock, and reggae/ska. I spent a few hours in my local guitar shop playing this guitar, several other Takamines, as well as Taylor 200 and 300 series and some similarly priced Martins. This was clearly the best one. First, I love the bridge and saddle: no more pegs! and the split saddle makes for some great intonation. The orchestra style body makes the guitar light and easy to maneuver around. A solid cedar top and sapele back put the unplugged tone on the same level as the Taylor 300 series, and far superior to the Martins. The mahogany neck is smooth, and lightning quick. The looks of this guitar are amazing too; modern and understated, the satin finish feels amazing!! The only flashy detail is the tuning buttons. I am not a huge fan of the amber, but they work well so I doubt I will change them. The thing that really puts this guitar above the rest however, is the electronics: the preamp puts out way more volume than the Taylor Expression series and the Fishman stuff Martin uses. Also, the 3-way EQ makes it much easier to adjust, and the built-in tuner is surprisingly very accurate. Played through an acoustic amp, this instrument sings. If you put it in drop D (like for Neil Young's Harvest Moon), the contrast between the deep bass and the crystal-clear Mids and Highs sounds like a guitar twice the price. Also, with Takamines, the preamps are interchangable and solderless; I might put the CoolTube in if I start gigging with it (check it out, it's a preamp with a tube!). While it works well as a strumming guitar, it really excels at providing a great fingerpicking tone, and also the solid top provides a nice tool for incorporating any percussive elements you might use in your playing. My only complaints are that the high strings (G, B, and E) seem to go out of tune a little too quickly if you do some heavy bending (i.e. solo from Wish you Were Here), and the guitar seems to pick up a lot of finger noise. However, this may be more a problem with the strings than with the guitar; I haven't changed out the ones the store had on the instrument yet. Might edit this post after I change them and see if these are still problems. Bottom line if you want a professional quality instrument at the right price, go with this one!